'I can remember': Jamie Carragher shares what he recalls Chelsea fans doing when Abramovich bought the club

Jamie Carragher has shared in his column for The Telegraph how Chelsea fans embraced their new titles as ‘moneybags’ after Roman Abramovich bought the club.

The Russian purchased the side in 2003, leading the club to nearly two decades of unprecedented glory.

This culminated in five Premier League titles under three different managers, as well as European glory at the highest level twice.

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The bullish and heavily financially-backed style Abramovich brought to Chelsea was widely disliked by the rest of the league, with them pushing their way to the top of the tree in England.

One of those traditional clubs who took a disliking to this was Liverpool. This became evident in the numerous times they met each other in multiple competitions in the 2000s.

Carragher has claimed now that the Blues supporters were only embracing their new title as supporters of a cash-injected giant.

Carragher on Chelsea fans

He said: “Despite regular jibes about Chelsea’s rubles, there was never a feeling that their players, fans or executives gave a damn. Quite the opposite.

“Chelsea stood tall, broadened their shoulders and basically said, ‘Yes. We’ve got all this money now. It’s our time. So what?’

“I can remember Chelsea fans waving £10 notes at us, revelling in their newly acquired status. That is the natural reaction of a football supporter who – prior to then – saw no hope of winning the league title or Champions League.”

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Despite Abramovich being forced to sell the club earlier this year, it doesn’t’ appear like the Blues’ title as big spenders is set to end.

Todd Boehly carried on the transfer activity with a huge summer window, and signs are pointing to things continuing in future efforts.

They are already reportedly in the final stages of adding Christopher Nkunku to their ranks as the latest big-money signing.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released